TRADITIONAL WEDDING ‘MONEY–DANCE’
THE decision of a newly-married couple to keep the local tradition of ‘money dance’ alive in their generation paid off handsomely to the couple, beyond their expectations. Their ‘money dance’ netted almost a million pesos!
Precilla Panuncio-Flores from Binmaley and Allan Flores from Canada had the biggest surprise of their life as they only wanted to keep the money dance tradition alive during their wedding reception held at the posh Sison Auditorium in Lingayen town.
The ‘money-dance’ encourages wedding guests to pin bills on the couple as they dance in the middle of the reception.
Precilla, 27, works as a contractual employee at the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 1 while her husband Allan, 34, is a cook in a restaurant in Canada.
“We just wanted to keep that Pangasinan tradition alive but we ended up overwhelmed by the love offered by our wedding guests,” Precilla said.
Some of their wedding sponsors and guests were flew in from the USA, Canada and other countries.
Allan is the youngest of three siblings and Precilla is the only Filipina daughter-in-law of Allan’s family.
She added that they wanted to keep a low profile about the whole thing but when photos and videos of their money dance, were posted on social media, foreign media started reporting about them.
The foreign and peso bills were their clothes and crowns, the bride’s gown sleeves pinned and on a cape made of transparent plastic the couple wore. A box was placed in front of them when there was no more space on their clothes to pin money on.
Their video and photos from GMA 7 News have earned 47,000 reactions, 7,200 comments and 13,000 shares as of Feb. 26.
The Flores couple had 16 pairs of wedding sponsors.
Allan returned to Canada on Jan. 31 while Precilla stayed to wait for her visa.
They had been sweethearts since Precilla was only 12 years old but their love blossomed late when Allan did not go home for a long time and only visited occasionally for a vacation.
In 2014, Allan had a homecoming but Precilla had a boyfriend then. But on learning that she had broken up with her boyfriend, Allan pursued her again that ultimately led to their happy wedding and memorable ‘money dance’. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)
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